Latin words and English translation of the words of Ave Maris Stella
(as it appears in Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610)

Ave maris stella,
Dei Mater alma,
Atque semper Virgo,
Felix cœli porta.

Hail, star of the sea,
bountiful mother of God
and ever Virgin,
happy gate of heaven.

Sumens illud Ave
Gabrielis ore,
Funda nos in pace,
Mutans Evę nomen.

Taking that Ave
from the mouth of Gabriel,
preserve us in peace,
giving Eve a new name.

Solve vincla reis,
Profer lumen cęcis,
Mala nostra pelle,
Bona cuncta posce.

Loose the chains of the bound,
bring light to the blind,
drive out our ills,
invoke all things good.

Monstra te esse matrem,
Sumat per te preces,
Qui pro nobis natus,
Tulit esse tuus.

Show thyself to be a mother,
may he who was born for us
receive our prayers through thee.

Virgo singularis,
Inter omnes mitis,
Nos culpis solutos,
Mites fac et castos.

Singular virgin,
more gentle than all,
absolve us from sin and
make us gentle and pure.

Vitam pręsta puram,
Iter para tutum,
Ut videntes Jesum
Semper collętemur.

Grant us a pure life,
prepare a safe way,
that in seeing Jesus
we may rejoice for ever.

Sit laus Deo Patri,
Summo Christo decus,
Spiritui Sancto,
Tribus honor unus.  Amen.

Praise be to God the Father,
glory to Christ on high,
and with the Holy Spirit
honour to the three in one.  Amen.